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Man who robbed Orchard Park teen sentenced to prison

A former Orchard Park man who was convicted of robbing an Orchard Park teenager near Green Lake after offering to sell him what the defendant claimed was marijuana but turned out to be grass clippings and leaves was sentenced Thursday to 4½ years in prison.

Charles Pellis, 23, of Oswego, also was ordered to serve five years of post-release supervision by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.

Pellis was convicted by a jury March 19 of second-degree robbery for the Sept. 12, 2013, holdup of a 15-year-old boy in a wooded lot behind Green Lake after the victim asked to inspect the alleged marijuana.

During the robbery, prosecutors said, a co-defendant, Donald Reardon, 24, of Oswego, punched the boy and put him in a headlock while Pellis took his pants containing $3 and a cellphone.

They left the teen unconscious and fled but were arrested the next day.

Reardon pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery in Erie County Court and testified against Pellis. Reardon was sentenced last week to time served.

Pellis also faces a new charge of second-degree bail jumping for allegedly failing to appear for a pretrial hearing in the robbery case on April 29, 2014. He was apprehended July 2, 2014 in Dallas.